While many immigrants are still working to overcome the hardships they faced when they were separated from their families at the borders, it appears another hurdle is being thrown, this time, in the paths of immigrants who are currently working in the U.S. legally.
 
A few months back there was talk that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would be rescinding H-4 visas, which are work permits for spouses and children who are under the age of 21 of immigrants who possess an H-1B visa. While the discussion revolving around that issue died down a bit after President Trump gave Attorney General Jeff Sessions the green light to enforce the “zero-tolerance” policy, we are now learning that DHS is in the final stages of reviewing, and possibly passing, the new policy that would take away these visas.
According to CNBC, one of the reasons why DHS has brought up rescinding the H-4 visa, which would significantly impact H-1B visa holders, is because it is believed that these workers are taking away potential jobs from U.S. citizens as they allegedly are willing to accept lower pay rates. And according to Mercury News, earlier this year, “University of Tennessee researchers estimated that 100,000 H-1B spouses would lose their jobs as a result of the new policy, 93 percent of them women from India.” Many of these women even “held successful jobs and advanced degrees in their native country before coming to the U.S.”
If DHS chooses to move forward with this policy, these spouses and the children who hold an H-4 visa would no longer be permitted to work which would essentially reduce a two-income household to a one-income household, an environment most Americans cannot even afford to live in. While researches also said that “H-1B holders whose spouses aren’t able to work may leave the U.S.,” that is essentially asking these individuals to just walk away from the life they built here in the U.S.
Mercury News did point out, however, that “it remains unclear if all spouses of H-1B holders will be banned from working, as Homeland and Security has only said “certain H-4 spouses” will be targeted by the new rule.” But, based on the information provided, it appears those who are currently employed and hold an H-4 will likely be at risk. And as for these individuals’ employers, they are expected to lose many important people. CNBC even reported that many tech companies are “bracing for the DHS policy change” as many of their workers are employed and living in the U.S. on an H-4 visa. Companies like Facebook and Amazon are only some who will be affected by the policy change if it takes effect.
 
Not everyone is on board with the policy change regarding H-4 visas.
 
If you are at risk of losing your work visa or would like to learn more about how the new policy could affect your status, contact USAttorneys.com and let us help you find a reliable visa and immigration lawyer in your city who can help you.
Apparently, six Bay area members of Congress including Anna Eshoo, Zoe Lofgren, Ro Khanna, Mark DeSaulnier, Barbara Lee, and Jerry McNerney all “signed a letter urging Homeland Security to reconsider the work ban, arguing it would “create significant uncertainty and financial hardship for many highly skilled professionals who are vital to our economy.” While it is clear that the new policy would impact families, companies, and possibly even our economy as these individuals are responsible for paying taxes, it appears DHS is prepared to move forward with passing it.
Because of the new policy that may potentially take effect, it is important that anyone who might be at risk of losing their H-4 or H-1B visa contact a visa lawyer immediately to find out what their legal rights are. USAttorneys.com can help you locate and hire an immigration and visa attorney in your area now so that you can prepare yourself for what is to come and learn what can be done to help secure your position so that you and/or your family aren’t affected by the immigration reform that is happening.

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